Gray Areas: Vindys’ vinyl arrives today with a record signing, performance

Assorted ramblings from the world of entertainment:

• In a world where streaming music dominates, vinyl has overtaken CDs as the physical format of choice among music buyers.

I think CDs still sell more units, but more money is spent on LPs. Remember when CDs cost about twice as much as LPs instead of the other way around?

But the ability to manufacture vinyl hasn’t caught up with the demand, especially for acts that aren’t expecting to sell as many copies as Taylor Swift.

That’s why many fans can sing along with most of the songs on The Vindys’ latest album “Bugs,” released in the summer of 2021, but they haven’t been able to spin them on a slab of vinyl until now.

The Youngstown band will be selling and signing vinyl versions of “Bugs” this morning at the Record Connection in McKinley Heights for Black Friday Record Store Day. The signing starts when the store opens at 10 a.m., and the band will do an acoustic performance around 11:30 a.m.

Performing at 10 a.m. at Record Connection will be Damian Knapp.

The Vindys have worked to expand its audience since the digital / CD release of “Bugs.” The band now has headlined two shows at the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheatre and earlier this month sold out two nights at Cleveland’s Music Box Supper Club. The band did its first West Coast dates earlier this year and played several music festivals.

Also out now is a music video for the title track that is available on YouTube and the band’s social media accounts.

• I started watching the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which was held earlier this month and debuted Saturday in abbreviated form on HBO Max. In this case, “abbreviated” still means a good three hours (that’s why I haven’t finished watching it yet).

This year’s ceremony was held in Los Angeles instead of Cleveland, but there still was some northeast Ohio content.

Among the inductees were Pat Benatar and her husband / lead guitar player / co-writer Neil Giraldo. Giraldo is a Cleveland native and gave a shout out to his hometown during their acceptance speeches.

But there was a Mahoning Valley connection as well. Joining Benatar and Giraldo on stage on her hit “Heartbreaker” was Youngstown / Austintown native Myron Grombacher, Benatar’s original drummer. Grombacher and Giraldo also played together in Rick Derringer’s band before joining Benatar, and Grombacher co-wrote several songs that appeared on Benatar’s albums.

In addition to his work in that band, Grombacher has recorded with everyone from Bob Dylan to Lita Ford.

And, of course, Warren native Dave Grohl (a two-time inductee) also makes an appearance, joining Lionel Richie for a performance of The Commodores’ “Easy.”

• I just wanted to give a quick thank you to everyone who came out last week to hear co-workers R. Michael Semple, Burt Cole and me talk about our journalism careers for a program at Kent State University at Trumbull.

I didn’t get to talk to everyone, but I saw a lot of familiar faces in the crowd, and I hope listening to my “assorted ramblings” was as fun to listen to as it was to do.

Andy Gray is the entertainment editor of Ticket. Write to him at agray@tribtoday.com.


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